Cutting the Cable
June 28, 2011 4:46 PM Subscribe
I am thinking about canceling cable (Comcast) and switching to Netflix DVDs & streaming Amazon & Netflix. What do I need to know? Have you done this? Are you happy with your decision? I seek data & anecdata!
posted by pointystick to Computers & Internet (50 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
I pay a lot for cable. It's bundled with my high speed internet so they give me ~$10/mo for a bundle discount still pay about $60/mo for something I don't use much (although the service is good) plus $12/mo for TiVo which I also don't use much. I have 1 TV.
I love my RoKu & my streaming Netflix. I also like Amazon instant streaming. I am wondering if it isn't more cost effective to cancel my cable & TiVo. This isn't about saving money per se, although that's nice, but more about getting bang for my bucks.
Details and questions:
- I don't watch any first run USA TV comedies or dramas. What little American TV I do watch tends to be stuff like No Reservations (non-fiction).
- There is very little special event TV I watch (e.g. the Miss Universe Pageant or the World Series) that I can't watch at a friend's house or a sports bar.
- My biggest question: when do I need to worry about bandwidth caps? Comcast doesn't have a meter on my account page. I live alone and don't stream radio hardly at all. I do some web surfing but I don't play WoW or anything if that matters. I think my heaviest use would be the TV shows and movies.
- If I cancel cable and lose my bundling discount I'll probably save ~$45/mo plus I'll also cancel TiVo for ~$15/mo
-I'll add a disc my Netflix subscription for $5/mo and do Amazon unlimited streaming for ~$7/mo ($80 per year is current offer I have )
-What pitfalls might I face? What are the negatives of this?
-On the other hand, if you have done this, tell me about that, too.